How We Empowered Sickle Cell Warriors through the SEA Programme

SAMI Accelarator Program empowering sickle cell warriors

Alumni of the SEA programme

Our overarching mission ‘To empower and improve the lives of people, especially those with sickle cell disorder through strategic partnerships, education, advocacy, creation of awareness and provision of support’ is an all-encompassing idea that focuses on the development of the total man.

This underpinned the conception of the SAMI Empowerment Accelerator programme which debuted in the month of October specifically targeting 18 – 40-year-old business persons living with sickle cell disorder.

With a target of 20 participants, the first cohort exceeded expectations with 34 applications received!

29 applications that scaled preliminary checks were emailed letters of admission. 25 returned with responses and were accepted into the programme with an average of 73.4% attendance for the 7 classes in 5 days!

23 participants are currently undergoing 4 weeks of mentoring and 5 weeks of business strengthening after which they will be inducted into the SEA alumni community!

The “Business Pitch” which aimed to support 5 winning businesses with soft loans had a whopping number of 18 of them participating.

The interesting thing about this 2020 edition of the accelerator programme is that its entire processes have been successfully running and managed online! To date, we have the final alumni consisting of 21 people

We heartily appreciate our resource-persons viz. Babajide Olowookere, Alfred Ade-Ijimakinwa, Daniel Adeyemi, Henrietta Agboola, Julie Obi and our in-house facilitators comprising our ED, Toyin Adesola,  the prog manager Tobi Olaitan, and Communication Mgr Lanre Olayokun.

 

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